'Commissioner Sias is not running away from anything,' Sias says as FBI, GBI search his home

By  | 

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

The GBI and FBI are outside Sammie Sias' home Thursday. (Source: WRDW)

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The GBI and FBI executed a search warrant at the home of Augusta-Richmond County Commissioner Sammie Sias on Thursday morning.

Officials say their search warrant was regarding the mishandling of money at the Jamestown Community Center.

Their presence comes just days after commission voted in favor to ask for the GBI to investigate allegations of misconduct against Sias.

We've reached out to GBI officials but haven't heard back yet.

Sias spoke to reporters while investigators combed his home.

"It's part of the inquiry about the allegations," Sias said. "I have no problem with that. I appreciate them. They were very professional. They were courteous, and to say the least, this is what you do when you have allegations against you and you have to get that cleared up. So this is a statement for you all -- Commissioner Sias is not running away from anything."

Sias has been under investigation over the past few weeks after accusations were made. Those allegations include sexual misconduct, pocketing SPLOST funds, and mistreating children at the Jamestown Community Center.

Sias has maintained his innocence, but said these allegations came about following a two-decade-long affair.

Sias remains an active commissioner. Gov. Brian Kemp is the only one who could remove him from the position, but the governor's office has to wait for an indictment before that could happen.

Copyright 2019 WRDW/WAGT. All rights reserved.